May 29, 2023
Ignite is pleased to announce the internal appointment of ten designers from our Auckland, Sydney, Tauranga, and Queenstown studios. The appointments include Mark Crean to Director, Shara Paulo, Fabien Leclercq, and Jose Dall'asta to Associate Director, and Caroline Bartlett, Enrica Flore, Nina Horvath, Rita Mouchi, Sam Castle, and Sophie Griffin to Associate.
Director Mark Crean joined Ignite’s Auckland studio in 2014 and has demonstrated an incredible tenacity for delivering high quality results for Ignite’s clients while building a strong team culture. Mark leads Ignite’s specialist Aged Care team, which has a track record for successfully delivering projects for a select group of aged care providers in New Zealand.
Associate Director Fabien Leclercq works across a range of project typologies at Ignite, including aviation, commercial, and aged care projects. With a background in both structural engineering and architecture, he brings a valuable perspective that is an asset to the Auckland team. Associate Director Shara Paulo, based in Ignite’s Tauranga studio, has a passion for improving community and wellness outcomes through architecture. While consistently going above and beyond to meet her clients’ expectations, Shara also supports the development of team members across the studios. Associate Director Jose Dall'asta has been part of Ignite's Sydney studio since 2007 and has shown a strong commitment to the Sydney business as well as his clients. He is an advocate for creative collaboration and aims to foster teamwork through design excellence.
Associate Caroline Bartlett has a keen eye for detail and an excellent ability to manage all stages of a project. Caroline joined the Auckland studio in 2010 and has worked across typologies, including remediation, civic, and retail. She recently joined the Community leadership team to harness her experience and deliver Ignite’s civic projects. Associate Enrica Flore has been part of Ignite’s Queenstown team since 2019. Her design flair, paired with strong project management skills, has played a key part in the growth of the studio to date.
Associate Nina Horvath joined the Auckland studio in 2018. As a valuable member of the commercial team, she aims to deliver the best design outcomes for the project, the client, and the community. Associate Rita Mouchi, who also works within Auckland’s commercial team, has developed strong leadership skills since joining Ignite in 2016. As a Green Star Accredited Professional, she brings a passion for improving community outcomes through good design and sustainability to her projects.
Associate Sam Castle joined the Auckland studio in 2016. As an experienced technician with a background in fit-out design and production, Sam’s focus on precision detailing and his knowledge of construction processes make him an asset to his team. Associate Sophie Griffin joined Ignite in 2015 as an Interior Designer. Her creativity and her eye for great design enable her to translate client ideas into functional and meaningful solutions.
“These appointments reflect the incredible hard work and energy our team continue to demonstrate within the practice,” says Principal Michael Bilsborough, “we’re excited about the future direction of our studios with these talented designers as part of the leadership team at Ignite.”